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[News] AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade"ANN.lu
Posted on 31-Oct-2000 20:25 GMT by Christian Kemp13 comments
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Seehund writes: As you may have noticed, the AmigaDE SDK for Windoze is US$99 even if you already have bought the SDK for Linux. However, it seems you have a chance to get the Windoze "sidegrade" for free in exchange for a submission of some of your work for the AmigaDE to Amiga's FTP site. Read the (sparse) details in Gary Peake's e-mail to the AMIOPEN mailing list below.
>On Mon, 30 Oct 2000 02:41:39 -0800, owner-open@amiga.com Patrick
>Roberts wrote:
>
>>A solution might be for freeware developers that want the
>>Windows SDK, to have Amiga do something like:
>>
>> "Port or write an (or n) application or library and post it to
>>ftp.amigadev.net, send us a letter requesting a free cross-upgrade to
>>Windows and we will review on case-by-case basis"
>
>OK Pat, you're on! :)
>
>Port or write an application, tool, or library and post it to
>ftp.amiagadev.net, send an email to gary@amiga.com requesting a free
>cross-upgrade to the Windows hosted version (also include the name of
>the app, tool or library you wrote or ported) and we will review on a
>case by case basis.
>
>I think this is fair to all.
>
>Sincerely,

In case anyone missed this exchange ...



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Gary Peake
Director - Developer Relations & Support
Amiga Inc.
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 1 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Mike Bouma on 30-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
In my opinion 99 dollar for an Amiga SDK is peanuts (at least for serious developers). Anyway I will be ordering a Windows Amiga SDK next thursday.
Sincerely, Mike Bouma.
http://www.stormloader.com/amiga
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 2 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Seehund on 31-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Mike Bouma):
I agree. $99 is no money at all when compared to other developer packages
in the industry. I feel I should emphasize that, since when I re-read my
submission it almost came across as if I was just another one of the
compulsive whiners in the "community".
The chance to "win" the sidegrade from Linux seems to be a great way to
accelerate people's productivity with what they already have.
(IANAP - I Am Not A Programmer :))
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 3 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Troels Ersking on 31-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Mike Bouma):
I agree with you that $99 is peanuts for a (fully working, all needed API's included!) developer enviroment but there are reasons why it still might be too much.
1. Most people compare the Amiga SDK with developer enviroments for already established platforms, you can't compare prices with developer enviroments for windows or more exotic unix flavours like Solaris.
2. Amiga NEEDS a lot of programmers using the SDK, currently it is only (or mostly) old Amiga users who use it. They NEED programmers to make software for what will be their MAIN product the AmigaDE.
We need people who "just" wants to make some freeware/shareware software to make it for our platform instead of Linux/Qnx or other platforms where the developer enviroment is free.
Please take a look at the OpenAmiga mailing list, it's not like there are that many users of it( maybe 200 or so?), it's mostly the same people posting.
We need to get more developers, serious aswell as amateur, interested in the SDK and that could be done by lowering the price, make free download or something completely diffrent.
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 4 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Per Jonsson on 31-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
I either don't think it is to much money but if you have bought the Linux version (As I did) and don't use Linux (or don't want to learn it just for the sake of the SDK) it's a pity. I wont order a new version just for windows and I'm not going to install Linux again and make a program just for trying to get a sideupgrade...
So.. I'm in a nowin situation...
/per jonsson
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 5 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Teemu I. Yliselä on 31-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Per Jonsson):
Err, maybe I didn't quite understand, but why on earth did you buy the Linux version in the first place if you had no intention of actually installing Linux?
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 6 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Janne Sirén on 31-Oct-2000 23:00 GMT
And just a reminder: You DO get 12 months of free updates when you buy either the Linux or Windows SDK (for the version you purchased). Linux SDK owners just got the first update, 1.01 (free download).
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 7 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Dave on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Janne Sirén):
So, is it possible then to buy the Linux version, then use your free upgrade to get a version for windows? (Or is it only small parts of the SDK which will be added/upgraded?) I presume not.
If you ask me, it would be better to give the Linux SDK buyers the chance to buy the Windows version for half price or something - at least that way, they'd attract more custom. (Rather than hold a 'competition' for who gets a version).
Personally, I think that (at least now in the early days) the dev kits should be heavily subsidised by Amiga and possibly Tao. They should be making it as attractive as possible to prospective coders.
>clink< <- My two cents... :-)
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 8 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Kjetil Hvalstrand on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
Hey I have GCC for Linux and it's free. Whay dhoud i spend $99 US on a SDK. Whay do I wont to develop on somting no one uses. You can't run SDK program whit out SDK eny way!!!!.
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 9 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by nmx on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
Hey, and Compuquick is apparently selling the Windows version for US$89, so at least that's $10 off the $99 price! ;^)
See http://www.compuquick-amigadirect.com/cgi-bin/shop/shop.cgi ­ unless they changed their minds. :^)
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 10 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Lightning on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Kjetil Hvalstrand):
"You can't run SDK program whit out SDK eny way!!!!."
well duh! thats like saying "you cant run linux programs without linux" ;)
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 11 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Lightning):
RtP is a free dev environment, and a quite nice one too. :)
When I first heard about AInc releasing a SDK, I assumed it would be free. I assumed wrong though. It's good that they set the price at $99 though, because it weeds out a lot of curious people who wanted to give it a whirl instead of developing for the platform. Plus, the $99 buys you a load of support from some fairly nice guys (and maybe gals too) over at AInc. It also gives them some revenue to help develop the platform. Everybody wins.
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 12 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Per Jonsson on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Teemu I. Yliselä):
I bougt the linux version because I thought I should have time to get into Linux but I didn't. After the third install I didn't had the guts to continue...
/per jonsson
AmigaDE SDK for Windoze "sidegrade" : Comment 13 of 13ANN.lu
Posted by Mark Bowman on 01-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Anonymous):
Hmm,
That sounds like a good idea..lets discourage people who are curious and might develop as we only want the serious "elite" coders working on the OS. Where the hell do you thin kthat new coders are going to come from.
The Amiga needs new blood in order to survive and you never know one of those curious coders could become the next John Carmack.
Anyway they should be giving the SDK away anyhow - it's outrageous to be charging for an incomplete dev kit anyhow when most of the core is free anyhow. Charging for it is precisely the way to stop people developing for it. The strength of Linux and the classic is that anyone with a C compiler can write code for it without purchasing something from a central point.
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